The Coorong is a stunning, ancient region that has tourists swooning

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There are few places so close to a major city that are as unique and as diverse as the Coorong.

Beloved by countless holiday makers from across the State, this intricate and wild landscape has captured the imagination and the hearts of those seeking something different for generations.

An beautiful stretch of land, interspersed with ocean and river and housing an enormous array of bird and wildlife, there truly is something for everyone here.

The Coorong National Park is a 130 kilometres long stretch of pristine Australian bush, set along South Australia’s south-east coast.

A popular place to fish, four-wheel drive, canoe, hike and camp, it is a haven for lovers of adventure and the outdoors, as well as those who love to escape to the quiet serenity of a campsite by the water.

The park is also a haven for birdwatchers, with reportedly more than 200 bird species spread across almost 47,000 hectares of stunning lagoons and salt pans.

One of the most appealing aspect of the Coorong is the fact that it is only a little under two hours drive from Adelaide.

Only 150 kilometres from Adelaide you can travel via the South Eastern Freeway to Tailem Bend, before turning south onto the Princes Highway.

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Alternatively you can enjoy the Adelaide to Melbourne touring route when coming up from Kingston SE and the Limestone Coast.

Good weather roads enable visitors to travel the scenic route around Lake Albert and backwaters where bird life abounds.

You’ll find Australia’s only inland lighthouse at Point Malcolm and Raukkan’s famous church that features on Australia’s $50 note.

The Coorong Drive takes in excellent bushwalking trails, ocean beach fishing and camping as well. A longer stay means you can partake in the unique and wonderful region.

As an added bonus, the charming towns of the Coorong offer some terrific places to rest, pick up a pie or pasty or soak up the history of the area.

Meningie is a lovely town on the banks of Lake Albert. This lovely stop combines all the charm of a small country town with the stunning natural beauty of the Coorong and Lower Lakes of the River Murray. 

Be sure to bring a healthy appetite, the famous Coorong Mullet is served at all the local eateries and is a must.

Meanwhile Salt Creek, a small town on the Princes Highway about 60km from Meningie, is the true gateway to the coastal areas of the Coorong.

Salt Creek offers 4WD, fisherman, kayakers, birdwatchers, mountain biking and much more to experience this remote wilderness region.

BIRD LIFE

There are few places in South Australia that feature as varied and diverse of an ecosystem as the Coorong does.

One of the most prominent features of this gorgeous region is the bird life, which has captured the attention of nature enthusiasts for year.

The Coorong is ideal for bird watching and photography with its distinctive landscape in an important breeding area for the Australian pelican and is a refuge for ducks, swans, cormorants, terns, grebes and around 230 migratory birds that travel annually from Siberia, Alaska, Japan and China. 

There is even a dedicated walk, the Coorong Birdwatcher’s Trail, which will lead enthusiasts through a variety of diverse terrains and locations.

According to Explore Australia, one of the country’s largest breeding pelican colonies resides here, immortalised in Colin Thiele’s classic children’s story Storm Boy. 

Red-necked stints and sandpipers are among those that terminate their long migrations here; resident waders include stilts, avocets, plovers, lapwings and oystercatchers; and waterfowl include teal, shelducks and, in summer, black swans.

The Coorong National Park is separated from the Southern Ocean by sand dunes and windswept beaches of the Younghusband Peninsula, and is internationally significant as a migratory wader and waterfowl refuge.